Potential treatments using cord blood stem cells
Cord blood stem cells are currently being used the treatment and therapies of more than 80 diseases including:
One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every three minutes. In 2013, an estimated combined total of 149,990 people in the United States were diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. New cases are expected to account for 9.4 percent of the estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2014. A person dies from a blood can approximately every 10 minutes.
More than 1,500 children are diagnosed with lymphoma annually and it is the third most common cancer in children. In 2014, 20,170 people are expected to die from lymphoma.
From 1975 to 2010, the incidence of myeloma increased by 29.5 percent. It accounts for 10% of all "blood cancers."
Sickle Cell Anemia
More than 70,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia. And about 2 million Americans — including 1 in 12 African Americans — have the sickle cell trait.
Immune Deficiency Diseases
There are more than 150 immune deficiency diseases, almost all of which are considered rare. An estimated 500,000 Americans are afflicted with some type of immune deficiency disease.
Research with cord blood stem cells is currently underway in many more common diseases including:
Alzheimers Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2013. Someone develops the disease every 67 seconds.
Parkinson’s Disease affects an estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide, including more than 1.5 million Americans. Men are more likely to be affected than women and the chances of developing the disease increase with age.
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood, with an estimated 1 in 323 children affected by the disease. It is more common in girls than in boys and is reported in higher rates among African Americans.
Spinal Cord Injury
Approximately 259,000 persons in America, with approximately 12,000 new cases annually.
A stroke occurs every 40 seconds. It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. each year, with more than 140,000 deaths occurring annually.
Affected more than 30,000 American adults. 5,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in America is infected with HIV. More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection.